I almost think after "Getting out of town" your intro...this should have been your next lesson. Rick, I've been here just about since the beginning...Develop your ear cannot be over stated plus keeping it in the pocket....You and Jerry...old school..
create the foundation. So I'm leading up to some thing....Jerry did his signature piece "Blues in a dream" I love your stuff...can ya do your materia on here ?
Is there anything in particular you'd like me to do?
Dennis...can ya recommend a tuner?........a simple one for us older folks.....oh and if ya do send me a consulting fees bill... keep the change.....
For a physical tuner (not something to download on your phone or computer) and standard simple guitar tuner with a microphone you can get at a music store or online (such as a basic Korg model) will do.
This might be your most important lesson series so far of all you've shown....like you said "this is gold". I've been with you here on sonic the whole way starting with Getting Out Of Town which I love...but....this puts it all together for me. I've been drinking beer and playing harp seven years all as a hobbiest, never calling myself a wanna be harp player. I can hold my own now and at least get some major respect if anyone calls me out. You the man Rick!.
Thanks Robert - I'm glad you're diggin it! This series is gonna be really good for developing phrasing, timing and patience. Like Jerry says, there's nowhere to hide in a slow blues. Thanks for the feedback!
Nice show Dennis at Johnny's grill, had a great time......but start taking credit cards I went home empty handed....lol
Hi - thanks for coming out! Doug does take credit cards on the gigs...we could have hooked you up! Glad you were able to make the show, thanks.
The only one who could understand him was his woman.....can you dig it?
He was lucky in that respect. I never had that!
Hey Rick....Somewhere in Jerry's long list of lessons he mentions when he practices he just plays acoustically. Do you do the same or do you amp up? Jerry figures if it sounds right acoustically it will sound fine on stage....Any thoughts? Damn I'm having fun on this sight....oh, don't worry I know "ya gotta keep it in your mouth".........
Hi Robert - Jerry's absolutely correct in this way - if your tone doesn't sound good acoustically, it won't sound good amplified. I think that's probably the idea Jerry's trying to convey. Many relative beginners seem to think that the right amp or the right mic will be the answer to their tone problem. I hear a lot of guys who are in love with a super distorted sound probably because it masks their actual deficient sound.The only reason I demonstrate this piece both amplified and unamplified is because of the relative differences in the note-shaping hand techniques used.
Hey Jerry...been waiting for this one!.....I'm gonna put everythibg I got into it...Thanks for putting your signature piece out there and sharing it. I really mean that, Your giving your all to us students. Back in the day when you were out on the road did you just pull marine band harps out of the box and play this song or did you have them tuned up?
Dennis! I've always just avoided George Smith......now, I know...wow! Anyone talk bad about G
eorge we gonna scrap. Thanks for giving back.
George is often overlooked for sure! For many years (since the 90's) I've been telling people about him and trying to spread awareness of his awesome style and techniques. Still one of my biggest influences and he really did influence pretty much most, if not ALL, of the top players out there in some way. Thanks for diggin' this!
Very good lessons series Dennis....I'm proud and appreciate your lessons....You Sir, have moved me along.
Thank You very much! Glad this song & lesson have helped you out...keep on a-blowin'!
THANKS!......I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME YOUR IN MY TOWN........
Great! keep it coming rick......we are getting it...
Don't sweat it Rick...You did well..I was worried about you teaching the "groove" concept because in the DVD you had to cover alot of material in a short amount of time and move on. This lesson you had the time to break it down....Thanks!....Oh one more thing...before this lesson series is over can you do the famous quote just for the fun of it...."You gotta keep it in your ______" ? (I don't want to spoil it....lol)
We'll see Robert, - Maybe - I never know what I might say.
Thank YOU Robert - Mike's gonna let me do another series pretty soon. I'll try to slip the quote in then.
I'm liking my chops Rick.....Can't wait to get started.....I saw you last year at Challahans in Metro-Detroit. Let's do this Rick! Put some groove in us....lol I have your DVD you signed it...but now...hot damn!....in detail, lessons..Ive I gone to harp heaven....?
Thanks Robert! How's it goin'? Hopefully you're still workin' on it - Believe it or not, it's still a work in progress for me too!
Jerry, I'm having the time of my life on this site! About time we did a slow cry in your beer song! Do you ever play at Challahans music hall in the detroit area? Just a thrown stone from chicago?
I agree, loop doesn't work.......
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